Know the Facts about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Now Available: In-House Testing, Drive-thru Evaluation

Rochester Regional Health provides in-house testing and drive-thru evaluation for COVID-19 in Rochester, NY.

April 8, 2020

Testing kits in Rochester, NY

Updated on April 8, 2020.

Rochester Regional Health is testing patients for COVID-19 at Rochester General Hospital, Unity Hospital, Clifton Springs Hospital, and United Memorial Medical Center. Based on CDC and State Health Department guidelines, testing is prioritized for exposed healthcare workers and seriously ill inpatients. Patients cannot receive testing upon request.

Using the FDA-approved Roche platform, Rochester Regional now provides automated testing for faster results. 

"The Rochester Regional Laboratory Medicine team is continuously researching new testing options; we are committed to only utilizing test kits and methods that we are confident will guarantee highly accurate results," said Dawn Riedy, MD, System Chair for Hospital Labs & Pathology at RGH. 

Testing by Rochester Regional Health also enables the Monroe County Health Department to communicate daily and accurate tallies of test results.

“In-house testing helps us get a handle on how much disease is in the community, and right now that's of the highest importance," said Emil LeshoDO, Infectious Disease Specialist at Rochester Regional Health.

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Rochester Regional Health was the first to test for COVID-19 in Rochester. Dr. Lesho says positive and negative results of tests provide the region with valuable information. 

“Lack of testing means symptomatic patients need to wear masks, gloves, and gowns for longer. These items are scarce," said Dr. Lesho. "By getting test results back, especially negative tests, we can stop using those extra protective mechanisms and provide them to positive patients."

Drive-thru Evaluation

Drive-thru evaluation is now live at the Wilson Center Urgent Care on the Rochester General Hospital campus, and Unity Hospital, Clifton Springs Hospital, and United Memorial Medical Center. All testing is directed by clinical assessment and criteria. Those who are deemed not to need testing will be instructed according to their clinical needs.  

Rochester Regional added new tents at three locations this week as an extension of primary care services. The sites are designed to keep patients and individuals safe while decreasing the potential of exposure to COVID-19. Patients will be evaluated for medical issues, not just for COVID-19.

Testing criteria for drive-thru evaluation: 

  • Patients hospitalized or being hospitalized with severe lower respiratory illness.
  • Symptomatic healthcare workers.
  • Symptomatic first responders in public safety occupations (e.g., law enforcement, fire fighter, EMS).
  • Symptomatic patients involved in an illness cluster in a facility or institution (hospitals, nursing homes etc.).
  • Symptomatic pregnant women and other immunocompromised patients.
Hours of operation:
  • Unity Hospital: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Clifton Springs Hospital: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • UMMC: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Wilson (on RGH Campus):  9 a.m. – 9 p.m. (weekday) and 9 a.m.  – 8 p.m. (weekend).

*Patients will be billed for their visit.

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